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Ground broken for $2 million in-city Farmhouse

Ground was broken Wednesday on Buffalo’s West Side for the Massachusetts Avenue Project’s new $2 million Farmhouse.

The 11,000-square-foot community food training and resource center at 387 Massachusetts Ave. will have indoor and outdoor training areas, a teaching kitchen, a resource library, improved cold storage, offices and two affordable housing units. It will be headquarters for MAP’s Growing Green program, which employs nearly 50 youths annually and trains them in urban agriculture and food justice issues.

The Farmhouse also will help MAP provide inner city neighborhoods with access to healthy food. Last year MAP sold more than 30,000 pounds of local organic produce to more than 3,600 low-income customers at six markets across the city.

The project is being supported by more than $1.3 million from New York State, including $930,000 from the Urban Community Investment Fund and $385,000 from Empire State Development. The Farmhouse was designated as a priority project in 2015 by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.